Land That Job! How to Introduce Yourself in Chinese for Interviews

We put together a guide to introducing yourself in Mandarin for interviews. With a little help, you can prove just how talented you really are at this beautiful and challenging language.

Luckily, introductions for interviews aren’t all that complicated in Chinese. At least, not much more than they would be in English. So it won’t be hard for you to make a great first impression and set yourself apart from the rest of the candidates.

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A Short List of Resources for Studying Chinese

When learning a language, it is important to combine extensive methods with intensive methods. Extensive methods rely on consuming a lot of relatively easily understood content and focusing on the general gist rather than nuance. When studying extensively, use context to learn new words or just quickly look them up and move on.

How to Practice Your Chinese Pinyin Pronunciation

Speaking a language is essentially a behavior, and how do we learn behavior?

By mimicry.

A lot of the time when we can’t seem to get pinyin right, it’s because we’re not shaping our mouths or using our tongues the same way that native speakers do.

Seeing and picturing the mouth movements of a fluent speaker is a visual lesson that everyone can use to get rid of English-speaking habits that challenge their progress.

Chinese Pronunciation: Tones of Pinyin

All Chinese words have a tone of some sort. The Chinese language has four pronounced tones, which in pinyin are marked with a little symbol above the vowel to which they relate, and a short, less pronounced tone, called the ‘light tone’, which is given no tonal marker (see table below).Tone plays a very important role in the meaning of the characters. Different tones in pinyin will lead to different character and meaning of each Chinese word.